Drummer Art Lillard leads this jazz quartet, which includes Ron Jackson on guitar, Chris Bacas on sax, and Ralph Hamperian on acoustic bass. The group plays jazz standards, swing tunes, bossa novas, blues, and Lillard’s original compositions. The band’s extensive repertoire includes music by Rodgers, Ellington, Jobim, and many others.
See the group perform Friday, June 12, 7-9 pm, at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave., between Sterling and Lefferts. $5 suggested donation supports the performers and PLG Arts. Good food and drink are available.
Composer, arranger, bandleader, and drummer Art Lillard hails from Miami, where he studied music and played with the great jazz master Ira Sullivan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music.
Art has three recordings on Summit Records: “Reasons to Be Thankful” and “Certain Relationships,” both featuring his nine-horn Heavenly Big Band, and “It’s Time,” featuring his trio/ quartet, the On Time Band. He also leads a seven-piece swing band, Blue Heaven.
Art has written hundreds of compositions and is often commissioned as an arranger. His works have been recorded by several other jazz artists.